Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesnt know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, hes proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fictions greatest mappers of the human heart....
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The Only Story Reviews
Paul meets Susan in a suburb in England in the 1960s. It's love. Only problem: he's 19 and she's 48.
Thus begins a decades long love affair that is destroyed not by the age difference (although maybe indirectly so: Susan's much longer life experience has left her, in fact, more vulnerable than Paul). There are the gifts of love--and the sacrifices.
I finished this yesterday and waited until today to write this review, to see if I still felt the same about the book. I do. Brilliantly written (as al ...more
Most of us have only one story to tell. I don’t mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there’s only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine....more
Everyone has their love story. Everyone. It may have been a fiasco, it may have fizzled out, it may never even have got going, it may have been all in the mind, that doesn’t make it any less real. Sometimes, it makes it more real. Sometimes, you see a
[2.5-3*, δεν έχω καταλήξει ακόμα.]
Όμως, αυτή είναι η φύση των σχέσεων, όλων των σχέσεων: πάντοτε φαίνεται να υπάρχει κάποια ανισορροπία, του ενός ή του άλλου είδους.
Αυτή η φράση ταιριάζει για να περιγράψει και τη σχέση μου με το τελευταίο πόνημα του Barnes. Δυστυχώς, το αποτέλεσμα είναι ανισόρροπο.
Στο πρώτο κεφάλαιο, όπου βλέπουμε πώς αναπτύσσεται η σχέση ανάμεσα στον 19χρονο Paul και τη 48χρονη Susan σ’ ένα προάστιο του Λονδίνου της δεκαετίας του ‘60, έφτασα οριακά στο σημείο να παρατήσω το ...more
Ο Μπαρνς που ξέρουμε και αγαπήσαμε από το Ένα καποιο τέλος είναι και πάλι εδώ
κριτική και αποσπάσματα εδώ!
Αλλο ενα υπεροχα μελαγχολικο βιβλιο απο τον πολυαγαπημενο μου Τζουλιαν Μπαρνς.εδω λοιπον λεει πολλες,μεγαλες και σκληρες αληθειες -για αλλη μια φορα- σχετικα με τον ερωτα και τις σχεσεις.ο πρωταγωνιστης στα 19 του χρονια καλειται να ενηλικιωθει γνωριζοντας το μεγαλο του ερωτα ,μια γυναικα που τον περνα σχεδον 30 χρονια!!ομως αυτο καθολου δεν τον πτοει καθως ακομη περισσοτερο και απο τον ερωτα θελει να ζησει την ενηλικιωση.να κοντραριστει με την κοινωνια, με τους γονεις του και να κανει αυτο που ...more
2.5 stars rounded up
I declared 2017 the Julian Barnes year on account of reading and loving seven of his books.
The Sense of An Ending, while it is one of his most popular books, was my least favourite novel of his. The Only Story is somewhat similar to that one, as it has an older narrator, Paul, reminiscing about his nineteen-year-old self in the 1960s and his first love and relationship with Susan, a woman twenty-nine years his senior. You read that right. Honestly, I didn't have any qualms ab ...more
( 2.5 probably but I feel guilted into a 3 )
So.... it pains me a little to write this review because I really don't like to be so far outside of popular opinion on a book. It is perhaps a shame this is my first Julian Barnes novel as I know he is a much beloved author and his The Sense of an Ending is a popular Booker winner. There is no doubt you are in capable writerly hands when picking up this novel. My reactions to this are not indictments about the writing itself, which is mostly magnifice ...more
"Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question."This sentence, which introduced this most recent book of Julian Barnes to his potential readers, was pretty much my Achilles heel from Page 1. I don’t quite understand how you can adjust the levels of love, like making marks on a burette and letting the content drip as per your desire of colour and consistency of the final emotion. Quantifying love is ...more